EAC Application Review for Tilbury Marine Jetty Project temporarily suspended

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Aug. 6, 2019: WesPac Midstream Vancouver LLC’s formal request to temporarily suspend the Environmental Assessment Certificate Application Review for the Tilbury Marine Jetty Project has been accepted and the project scope extended by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office. This temporary suspension follows a decision by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change earlier this month to extend the assessment of the potential impacts of marine shipping to the 12-nautical mile limit of Canada’s territorial waters. The request will allow WesPac to gather additional information needed to satisfy the requirements of the Marine Shipping Assessment and allow for additional consultation with Indigenous groups.

The company recognizes that the expectation for evaluating marine shipping activities has changed and is moving forward to provide the additional information needed to evaluate the expanded scope of the project. Once this shipping assessment is complete and has been reviewed by regulators, stakeholders and First Nations, we anticipate the 180-day Application Review period, which began March 21, will resume once the supplemental shipping assessment is completed and accepted by the BCEAO. We’re working to resume the regulatory process as soon as possible with the goal of beginning construction by summer 2020.

WesPac is committed to developing a marine jetty that benefits the environment by providing LNG to reduce the impact of global shipping, while also limiting our potential impact on the local environment. We’ve already enhanced the design of our project to limit its impact on the Fraser River, including reducing the overall footprint. We’ll also ensure local marine life is protected during construction and throughout the life of the project. For example, project vessels will follow established shipping lanes and maintain reduced speeds to limit interactions with marine mammals.

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Environmental assessment filed for proposed Tilbury Pacific LNG marine jetty

News Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, B.C.  ̶  March 21, 2019: WesPac Midstream-Vancouver’s proposal to build the Tilbury Pacific LNG marine jetty on the Fraser River in Delta, B.C. reached a new milestone today with the filing of an application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate with the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and the start of a new public consultation period.

Tilbury Pacific would become a vital link in the West Coast LNG supply chain delivering low-emission fuel to a new generation of coastal and ocean-going shipping. It would also have the capability to supply bulk shipments of B.C.-produced LNG to customers across the Pacific and along the West Coast.

“The world is turning to natural gas as an energy alternative to coal and oil,” said Peter Gallenberger, Tilbury Pacific project manager. “Exporting LNG through the Tilbury Pacific jetty will help support the environmental goals of countries that lack Canada’s wealth of energy options, while also helping the shipping industry as it shifts from bunker fuel to natural gas.”

Market forces have positively shifted the outlook for LNG in recent years with the growing need for a low-emission fuel. Global demand has surged as countries look to reduce their reliance on coal and oil for fuel. Tilbury Pacific would have the capability to supply bulk shipments of LNG and connect customers overseas with Canada’s extensive natural gas reserves.

The International Maritime Organization is also introducing a new global cap on sulphur emissions in 2020 that will encourage more shipping companies to switch their fleets from bunker fuel to natural gas. Tilbury Pacific is positioned to play a key role in supplying LNG-fuelled ships in the Pacific Northwest region and trans-Pacific ships.

Over the last year, WesPac has been planning and refining the Tilbury Pacific project. There have been a number of changes to the proposed design as a result of feedback from the public, Indigenous communities and potential customers. These changes include:

  • Proposal to build a temporary floating berth to serve bunker vessels and ocean-going ships as soon as 2020
  • Permanent berth to serve export and bunker vessels would be operational by 2022
  • Reducing the project’s physical footprint with a shorter, narrower walkway and smaller trestle to allow more light to pass through. This means less impact on the marine environment near this historically industrial site.

Visit TilburyPacific.ca to subscribe to project updates and learn more details about upcoming open houses. Find more information on the environmental assessment certificate application at projects.eao.gov.bc.ca.

 

About WesPac Midstream

WesPac Midstream – Vancouver LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of WesPac Midstream LLC, a private energy infrastructure company founded in 1998 to develop, own, and operate energy facilities throughout North America. WesPac is majority owned by Kealine LLC, a private development company.

KEY FACTS:

  • In B.C., coastal freight vessels and trans-Pacific vessels produce about 70 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, which is more than the entire province emits each year.
  • Converting one ocean-going tanker, cruise ship or container ship to LNG from heavy fuel oil reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 93,500 tonnes a year. This is equivalent to taking 19,800 cars off the road.
  • LNG fuel provides environmental benefits by reducing emissions from ship engine exhaust. According to a report prepared for Transport Canada, compared to other marine fuels LNG can lower emissions from:
    • Sulphur oxides by over 90 per cent
    • Nitrogen oxides by up to 85 per cent
    • Particulate matter by over 85 per cent
    • Carbon dioxide by up to 29 per cent
    • Greenhouse gases by up to 19 per cent on a CO2-equivalent basis
  • Anticipated spending with direct supplier industries in B.C. during the four-year construction phase of the project is estimated at about $132.8 million, including taxes and wages.
  • By the end of 2017 and since the first commercial shipment, LNG vessels have safely delivered more than 92,000 cargoes around the world.

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WesPac receives approval of Application Information Requirements

In the latest step toward development and construction of its WesPac LNG Marine Jetty at Tilbury Island, WesPac Midstream – Vancouver LLC (WesPac) today received approval of the Application Information Requirements (AIR) from the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO). The AIR specifies the information that WesPac is required to provide in its Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate under the BC Environmental Assessment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The 18-month process resulting in approval of the AIR involved receiving input from, and review by, many federal, provincial, and local agencies as well as 13 First Nations and the public. The process was conducted by the BCEAO, with WesPac responsible for incorporating relevant input into the AIR.

With the AIR approved, WesPac now moves on to preparing the information specified in the AIR document to make its Application. Although the BC EAO requires completion of the Application within three years, WesPac plans to complete it in 2017.

WesPac’s LNG Marine Jetty Project will be a single-berth dock located on the Fraser River, serving mid-scale and small-scale LNG vessels. Its location will be adjacent to the Tilbury LNG Plant, a separate company owned by FortisBC Energy Inc.

The AIR documents can be accessed through the BC EAO’s Project Information Centre (e-PIC) at http://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/epic/html/deploy/epic_project_home_435.html .

 

About WesPac Midstream LLC

WesPac Midstream – Vancouver LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of WesPac Midstream LLC, a private energy infrastructure company founded in 1998 to develop, own, and operate energy facilities throughout North America. WesPac is majority owned by Kealine LLC, a private development company.


The Canadian federal government requires a federal environmental assessment and approves the British Columbia provincial government’s request for substitution of the environmental assessment for the Project.

The Canadian federal government requires a federal environmental assessment and approves the British Columbia provincial government’s request for substitution of the environmental assessment for the Project.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has determined that a federal environmental assessment of the WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project (the Project) is required pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The federal Minister of the Environment has also approved BC’s request for substitution of the environmental assessment for the Project. 

The federal Minister of the Environment also established a condition requiring the assessment of environmental effects from marine shipping activities associated with the Project, and beyond WesPac’s care and control, along the designated shipping route between the Project’s marine terminal and the pilot station at Sand Heads in her approval of BC’s request for substitution. 

 

The announcement can be viewed from the following links:

Notice of Determination: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=101961

Notice of Commencement/Notice of Substitution: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=101960


Wespac files project description with federal and provincial environmental agencies to initiate environmental review process.

WesPac filed a project description on May 11, 2015, for its proposed WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project with Federal and Provincial environmental agencies to initiate the environmental assessment process. This process is estimated to take 15 months and will provide a thorough environmental review and allow for public consultation and input from the public and first nations.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced a 20 day federal comment period on the WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Project was announced on May 22, 2015. The announcement consists of a news release, public notice and the posting of the project description summary on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry internet site (Registry reference number 80105). CEAA sent out notices to relevant parties and first nations asking for comments on two questions: should a federal environmental assessment be performed and should CEAA defer to BCEAO to prepare one Environmental Assessment covering the requirements of both CEAA and BCEAO (a process called substitution). Comments on those two questions are due to CEAA by June 11th

 

You can view the documents from the following links:

News release: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=101689

Public notice: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=101688

Summary of the project description: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=101699

Information about the project on the BCEAO website can be found at http://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/epic/html/deploy/epic_project_doc_list_435_p_pro.html


National energy board of Canada approves WesPac midstream LNG export license.

On May 7, 2015, WesPac Midstream – Vancouver LLC (“WesPac”) received notification from Canada’s National Energy Board (“NEB”) of its decision to grant WesPac a license to export natural gas from Canada. WesPac submitted an application in June 2014. The license is for a maximum annual volume of 4.76 billion cubic meters of natural gas (equivalent to approximately 3.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum), and is for a term of 25 years. The NEB decision is subject to the approval of the Governor in Council.

A link to the NEB’s announcement about the license decision is found here:

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=972719&crtr.tp1D=1

WesPac’s export of natural gas will be in conjunction with the WesPac Tilbury LNG Marine Jetty Project currently under development. WesPac’s jetty will be adjacent to the FortisBC Tilbury LNG Plant in Delta, B.C. and will be designed to load LNG cargo into customers’ small and medium-sized LNG carriers as well as LNG barges, one vessel at a time.

WesPac submitted its Project Description to initiate the environmental assessment process in April of this year. It was submitted to both the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). The anticipated start of operations for the jetty project is the first quarter of 2018.


NEB Application to Export LNG from Canada.

WesPac Midstream – Vancouver LLC (WPMV), a subsidiary of WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), has submitted an application to the National Energy Board of Canada for a license to export LNG sourced from the Tilbury LNG Plant owned by FortisBC Energy, Inc. The Tilbury LNG Plant has recently begun work on an expansion project, which was approved by the BC Government in 2013. The applied-for export license would cover potential regional exports to customers such as small power plants and bunkering (i.e. fuel) for marine vessels. These customers would benefit from both fuel cost savings, as well as air emissions reductions, by displacing oil-based fuels with natural gas.

WPMV is planning a new marine terminal in the Fraser River adjacent to the Tilbury LNG Plant to accommodate exports of LNG by barges or ships.  The marine terminal would be a single jetty structure providing berth space for one barge or ship, and its size is consistent with other similar structures in the Fraser River.  It will be located on the site of an abandoned marine terminal in previously dredged waters. WPMV is currently conducting engineering and related shipping studies,to prepare for First Nations and public consultation, as well as various applications to government agencies.

About WesPac Midstream LLC

WesPac is a private energy infrastructure company founded in 1998 to develop, own, and operate energy facilities throughout North America. WesPac is majority owned by Highstar Capital, an independent infrastructure investment firm with a value-added, operational approach and deep expertise in energy investing and development, and WesPac Energy LLC, a private development company.